I have been away a while. I haven't written much lately! I've been busy!
We moved back from Sweden to the UK and purchased a very ugly 1950's house! in December 2013. It hadn't seen any TLC since around 1980. A new strange land!!! It took 9 months. Longer (2 years) if you include the planning and preparation and aftermath. Nine months of highs and lows. 9 months of development and growth. It was a long hard labour. Unlike pregnancy, the labour itself has lasted 9 months and I have given birth to a monster! Like all mothers finally getting to see their baby, the euphoria of completion has almost eradicated the memory of the hideous process I have been through to transform The Ugly House into a beautiful home. Thankfully I took photos of the bloody gory mess along the way so that even rose coloured spectacles, flushing toilets and heating wont let me forget that it was beyond grim.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. It’s always illuminating. With hindsight I could have made the whole build much easier and less mentally disturbing. Still, at least my windows get cleaned on a daily basis as I rock gently back and forth and lick them. I’m hoping by recording all my gems, insights and hindsights I can save anyone thinking of embarking on a building project for the first time some pain and money. I can also re-read it should I ever consider doing this to another house.
I admit, having done something once (or a hundred times) doesn’t make anyone an expert. Professional people get really pissed off with you when you give them some expert advice and tell them how to do their job on the basis that you had a go at it once and had a modicum (great word!) of success. Equally, I get really pissed off when ‘professional trades’ spout like an eternal font of knowledge when you do a bit of simple DIY like it’s rocket science:
‘Oh, you don’t wanna do it like that… You wanna do it like this’.
‘Oh ok. Thank you Fat Bastard Plumber! I’ll remember that next time I turn a tap on!’
That all said, I’ve decided, having gone through a renovation and building process it makes me an expert, able to impart my expertise and wisdom on to those who need it in a new blog. Not the ‘gloss and bollocks’ expertise you get elsewhere – but the truth – the ugly truth! You know me! Expect bad language and bad attitude! My hope is that by sharing the good, the bad and the ugly, you will avoid the bad and the ugly in your own beautiful home renovation projects! Its all in a new website - The Ugly House! I might even be sharing some top interior design tips! I'm an expert!!!!
Having finished the build I have had the most amazing time filling the house and transforming it on the inside. I want to share special little things that make a house, even an Ugly one, a home. In my blog and in the shop I will be sharing the lovely little things that brighten up my home. You'll find stuff in the shop that you will not find on the high street: Quirky; Designer exclusive; one off's; hand crafted gifts and home-ware. Perfect to buy for presents but be warned - if you buy - you'll want to keep! Expect funny descriptions of the products!
I now have to aims for my new website:
1) To share The Ugly House story with you in The Blog and hopefully amuse, encourage and inspire
2) To share the beautiful things I fill the Ugly House with in The Ugly House shop
I think The Ugly House is now beautiful. The girl done good! My mission now is to fill it with beautiful, quirky and sparkly home-ware and gifts (ie shop til I drop!)! There is nothing in The Ugly House shop that isn't in The Ugly House. They are in The Ugly House because they make it more beautiful... The sparkle to add to any home improvement you are mad enough to embark upon!